Now that the temperatures are starting to rise, those with allergies know that while others celebrate, they'll be preparing for a season of watery eyes, and an itchy, runny nose without the proper precautions.
Allergies to pollen or mold, or hay fever, already affects 30 to 60 million people in the United States every year. Pollen is the largest contributor to spring allergies, and the seeds can not only travel hundreds of meters or even miles, but pollen counts are expected to double by the year 2040.
While we can't control tomorrow's weather, we can take a few simple steps today to help prevent our spring allergies from taking over:
- Avoid prolonged exposure outdoors and keep windows and doors closed on days with high wind or high pollen counts.
- Remove shoes by the door, and shower and change clothes after spending time outside.
- Dust, vacuum, launder bedding, keep crumbs at bay, and take care of excess moisture to reduce indoor allergens.
- Strengthen your immune system, keep stress under control, and eat up those antioxidants to reduce inflammation.
- Ditch your window fan for a dehumidifier to reduce moisture and an air purifier to filter the air.
- Replace your HVAC air filters regularly to keep toxins and allergens from circulating.
In addition to pollen and mold, the warmer months bring about other triggers that can have us sneezing and coughing through the pleasant weather. Watch out for insect bites, campfire smoke, and other common seasonal allergens that might lead to an adverse reaction.
With a device called FILTERSCAN® WiFi Home, you'll receive an alert when your air filter efficiency is compromised so you can monitor your air quality and help stay free from allergy symptoms, this season and year-round.